Year 7s make big transition to high school

ABOUT 670 Gladstone students will be part of Queensland history when Year 7 is moved to high school next year, and a Gladstone principal believes it will be a positive change.

Christine Hills is Glenmore State School's principal and, like many of her Year 6 and Year 7 students, she will also make the jump to high school next year.

She will move from the Rockhampton school to become principal of Gladstone State High School in 2015.

Ms Hills said students were ready for high school when they reached the end of Year 6.

The Queensland Government's decision to move Year 7 into high school in 2015 follows other major changes, including the introduction of the Prep year in 2007 and raising the school starting age by six months in 2008.

Next year, Year 7 students will be in their eighth year of schooling and almost half of them will turn 13.

About 35 primary teachers in the region will move to high schools next year.

A Queensland Department of Education spokeswoman said about 1000 extra teachers across the state were needed to cater for the Year 7 move into high schools.

About 60% of those recruited so far are former primary school teachers.

In the central Queensland region, which also includes Mackay and Rockhampton, 35 primary teachers will transfer into secondary schools.

This includes four primary teachers moving to Toolooa State High school next year.

Toolooa High has been a pilot school for the past two years and $486,124 has been spent on a new relocatable building. Another $357,000 has been spent on refurbishment of eight classrooms.

Meanwhile, $7.7million has been spent on infrastructure at Gladstone State High School, including refurbishing three existing classrooms and building a new three-storey teaching block, which includes 15 classrooms.

Five primary teachers will transfer to join the school next year.

In Gladstone, 675 Year 6s and 433 Year 7s are moving into high school.

Of these, at least 655 Year 6s and 414 Year 7s will be changing schools (these figures do not include 7-12 and P-12 schools).

This includes:

  • 150 from Clinton State School
  • 59 from Gladstone Central State School
  • 154 Gladstone West
  • 168 from Kin Kora State School
  • 180 from Tannum Sands State School


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